Young Vin­nies get started on sav­ing the world early

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Those adults who say chil­dren are less po­lite, thought­ful and car­ing these days have clearly not met the Young Vin­nies.

Once a week 28 year 6 chil­dren at Tawa’s St Fran­cis Xavier School give up their lunch hour to serve the com­mu­nity, whether vis­it­ing rest home res­i­dents, send­ing cards to neigh­bours in times of need, or mak­ing toy boxes for Aro­hata Prison’s fam­ily room.

The group is called Young Vin­nies, and is an off­shoot of Catholic or­gan­i­sa­tion the So­ci­ety of St Vin­cent de Paul.

Their cur­rent pro­ject is to set up a stand at this Thurs­day’s craft mar­ket, where they will sell a range of sweet treats, as well as Christ­mas gift tags, can­vas pic­tures and plas­tic bag hold­ers.

While other stalls at the mar­ket will be fundrais­ing for an up­grade to the school’s play area and school hall, the Vin­nies’ earn­ings will go to a re­lief pro­ject in Sri Lanka.

Young Vin­nie Sean Tighe has lim­ited knowl­edge of Sri Lanka – ‘‘They like cricket’’ – but all the Vin­nies un­der­stand peo­ple there are less for­tu­nate than Ki­wis.

‘‘We can have as much food as we want in New Zealand,’’ Matthew Tose­land says.

The kids say the Young Vin­nies is all about meet­ing and help­ing the com­mu­nity.

‘‘If they’re blind and they can’t read, you can read to them,’’ Matthew says.

St Vin­cent de Paul youth co­or­di­na­tor Dorothy Jansen hopes the Young Vin­nies will con­tinue to help less for­tu­nate peo­ple when they are adults.

‘‘It’s plant­ing a seed with these chil­dren that they can be help­ful.’’

Ser­vice to the com­mu­nity is be­com­ing an old-fash­ioned con­cept, Mrs Jansen says.

‘‘These days life’s so fast and we want to care, but we find we don’t have the time.’’

St Fran­cis Xavier School Craft Mar­ket, Thurs­day 7 till 9pm, $2 en­try in­cludes a wine or juice.

Crafty kids: St Fran­cis Xavier School’s Young Vin­nies eye up fudge they will be sell­ing at Thurs­day’s fundrais­ing craft night. From left, Char­lotte Davies, Shraya Vigneswararaj, Sean Tighe, Matthew Tose­land.

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